A girlfriend of mine just happens to have a similar collection of Halloween decorations and enthusiasm for the holiday, so we conspired to co-host a party at my house this year. We plotted over the last several months and spent hours and hours over the last few weeks planning, making, and setting up. My photos are all from 4 hours before the party and a bit incomplete in content and number as well as taken in full light. I hope to add hers later.
The entry hall was a spider cave, but I didn't get a good shot... except of the bones and wire on the bench:
This GIMOUNGUS specimen was making her way out into the living room
Working our way around the living room and the alcove off of it at the front of the house:
The ratty "curtains" were down for the party (up for the puppy who went for a sleepover at her cousin's house).
The mantle, I didn't get close-ups, but I hope my partner in crime did:
Living room light fixture, you can't see them but there are various plastic spiders in the glass and at night with the light on a dim setting, it was a nice touch.
In the dining room we had bats leaking out from the bat cave (hallway) and family (hologram) portraits on the plate rail.
Of course, The ManFlesh's costume was on him, rather than the hanger in the corner for the actual party.
The food table before the food; the baby is light activated and growls with it's eyes lighting up. People had to reach past it to get to the deviled eggs.
Looking from the dining room into the bat cave (at the bathroom door); there was a black like in there.
Turn right as you want into the hallway and you see this big fella; who was strung up to the doorknob on the bathroom door so it would raise and lower when people went in and out.
View through the door:
We had much dimmer lighting in there for the party, or course, and no sunlight coming through the windows.
The commode vignette:
You can't see the blood dripping copiously from the tank lid.
The specimen collection:
A few favorites including the guy who ignored the No Solicitors sign and eyeballs of LaCross Team '06:
The pet/captive animated hand; sound activated so it would wriggle and crackle when the seat was put up or down.
(that project posted here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390043.0
Dollar store bloody hands window clings and cut up "bloody cloths" on the window:
Most "bloody cloths" to replace the shower curtains:
Used paint and fake blood on an old bathmat and hand towel:
(thought the baby shampoo was more creepy to leave in there)
On the opposite side of the dining room the alcove was turned into Satan's Throne room for our Pictures with Satan photo booth - you know, "Satan" is an anagram of "Santa" and all:
That's a separate post that I added pics from the party too just today!http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=393314.0
Looking from the dining room into the kitchen which my co-hostess suggested be a "chop shop" and then I went to town distributing our fake body parts and bones around:
Dog dishes and trashcan moved for the party.
Looking the other way:
Blood dripping down the stove:
There was a human heart in the pan for the party:
Bsonlytoots saved my bacon by making me the human butcher charts!
Every time I came upon a potentially creepy tool in my tool boxes I'd set it aside:
The Tattoo Removal Station:
Chains and a bloody dishtowel on the fridge:
Apron hung on the back of the basement door, bloodied with craft paint:
Chopsaw by the back door leading to the cemetery (sign over the door) where the beverages were and where we had a smoking area:
I don't have pics of the beverage area or cemetery (yet) but I do have a shot of my Jilted Bride prop using my mom's wedding dress and an altered store bought prop (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390038.0
I'm proud to say people admitted to being freaked out by this one.
Finally, a little humor on the butt can for the smoking area:
If you've made this far without dying of boredom: THANKS! I'm already planning what new props & haunts I'll do for 2013 (I'm way too tired to do this every year)